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Maybe it was the hour-late start time of 9:30 pm – or perhaps the very British dinner served of steak wrapped in a pastry crust – but the 2014 Britannia Awards were decidedly not the typical award-season fare. Held Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the annual event feting standout personalities in entertainment as chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) celebrated six distinct talents this year: Robert Downey Jr., Julia Louis-Dreyfus, director Mike Leigh, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench. The room was peppered with stars like
- Stacey Wilson
British royalty mingled with Hollywood royalty at the Britannia Awards on Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton.
Watson, who grew up on the “Harry Potter” film franchise described how her pet died during filming of the third movie. “The set decorators made a tiny coffin for my hamster,” she said. “The British film industry is not just an industry but also a family where I grew up.”
- Shalini Dore
How it Should Have Ended has offered its take on the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.
The villainous Ultron continues to ruin Disney for the superhero team in the new video.
He even offers to team up with Justice League members Superman and Batman, who are also "going up against the Avengers".
The film will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader).
Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on April 24 in the UK and on May 1 in the Us. »
Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-la. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also served to be a nice stop early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for potential contenders like honorees Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner). If you’re in the race, it never hurts to turn up at these things already looking like a winner and getting to make an acceptance speech. And though they didn’t sport any winners of this »
- Pete Hammond
The beginning of the show-and-tell portion of awards season has often been marked by many with the Hollywood Film Awards (sigh) or, more recently, the Academy's Governors Awards. This year that designation actually falls on BAFTA's Britannia Awards. The latest incarnation of the show took over the Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday night with some of the world's biggest stars taking part. And, surprise, a number of those famous faces are fighting for the Oscar spotlight. Emma Watson received the British Artist of the Year honor; Mark Ruffalo was lauded with the Humanitarian Award; Dame Judi Dench made a rare non-Oscars visit to Los Angeles to accept the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment; Mike Leigh was honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Direction; Julia Louis-Dreyfuss earned the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy; and Robert Downey Jr. found himself with the night's highest honor, »
- Gregory Ellwood
When Robert Downey Jr. isn't hanging out at the Dmv, he's usually either making movies or -- as was the case tonight -- accepting awards. Et's Brooke Anderson caught up with Rdj at the BAFTA Awards on Thursday, where he opened up about his future as Iron Man.
Pics: Rdj Visiting the Dmv is Exactly as Fun as You'd Expect
Rdj helped Marvel announce its phase three slate of films earlier this week, which includes two Avengers movies (Infinity War - Part 1 and Part 2), so Brooke just had to know how long does Rdj plan on playing his superhero character?
"It may verge on double digits," said Rdj, who has already played Iron Man in five different movies. "But it'll probably end up being a little shy."
Iron Man director and Avengers: Age of Ultron »
If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even though the season is only beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws some curveballs into the mix come January. Here are nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.
Best Actor, “Foxcatcher”
The trio of male performances in “Foxcatcher”—from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo—are all worthy of Oscar nominations. But the problem is, where do you put each actor? Sony Pictures Classics had decided to campaign Tatum and Carell in lead and Ruffalo in supporting, but I fear the strongest performance in the film may slip through the cracks. Carell has gotten a lot of ink for his portrayal of lunatic millionaire John du Pont. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
It's hard to believe, but we are just a few weeks away from "Foxcatcher" finally hitting theaters. It will arrive almost six months to the day following its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In the weeks since, Bennett Miller's drama has earned more strong reviews at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, just to name a few. Steve Carell has solidified himself as a legitimate Best Actor contender for his transformative performance as John du Pont, Channing Tatum has earned some of the best notices of his career for his portrayal of former Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and Miller finds himself with a third-straight Best Picture contender. Yes, things are still moving steady on the "Foxcatcher" train. With the film ready for its public debut on Nov. 14, Sony Classics has provided HitFix with a slew of new stills to whet your appetite. And yes, you knew it was coming. »
- Gregory Ellwood
As if there wasn't enough hype about Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, here comes Pee-wee Herman. Jimmy Fallon had Paul Reubens, 62, reprise his iconic '80s character on The Tonight Show in an segment that aired on Wednesday's episode, for a very important mission—redubbing part of the trailer of the anticipated 2015 superhero film, the sequel to the 2012 movie The Avengers. Fallon has done impressions of Pee-wee in the past for his own mock movie dubs on his former talk show, Late Night. Thanks to Reubens, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have never sounded »
Art by Arkenstar
Marvel finally announced that a Captain Marvel movie will be coming, marking the first time a woman has been the title character in the Marvel cineverse. With a release date set for July 6th, 2018, it and Inhumans will be released in between The Avengers: Infinity War two part saga.
Kevin Feige has already informed us that Captain Marvel will be about the character Carol Danvers. This gives us some idea of who they might be looking to cast. In the comics, Danvers is blond and 5' 11". I couldn't find a specific age, or even age range, but old enough to be a high ranking officer in the United States Air Force.
Danvers gets a fusion of alien Kree genes and powers from an alien male named Captain Marvel. Danvers, now imbued with powers like superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, flight, and physical durability, takes the name Captain Marvel. »
- Free Reyes
Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.s acting prowess has been criticized by crime writer, James Ellroy - but fans of The Avengers need not worry about the author slamming their favorite superhero movie. Instead the writer actually takes issue with their performances in David Fincher.s 2007 crime drama, Zodiac. As it turns out, Ellroy really hated the lead actors in that film Ruffalo and Downey Jr. played Inspector Dave Toschi and Paul Avery, respectively, in the delightfully meandering-yet-engrossing examination of the crimes of the Zodiac killer. And while James Ellroy has greatly supported the film in the past, having provided a commentary track on the DVD release and called it "one of the half-dozen greatest American crime films," it turns out that he really didn't care for the performances by Ruffalo, Downey Jr., or Jake Gyllenhaal (who played puzzle-loving cartoonist Robert Graysmith). Recently doing an interview with NPR, the »
When Albert Finney scored a supporting actor nomination for “Erin Brockovich” in 2000, the conventional wisdom was that the Oscar was his to lose. Yet Benicio del Toro walked off with the prize for “Traffic.”
Many in Hollywood chalked it down to Finney not being around to campaign, but there were many more who are aware of that British preference not to push themselves forward. Plus, says Perry Simon, g.m. of BBC America, “Many of these actors live in the U.K. and don’t have proximity” to L.A.-based campaign stops. With year-round events, BAFTA/La tries to bridge the gap between London and Los Angeles.
“BAFTA’s position is to help level the playing field, make sure Brit players are available,” BAFTA/La topper Nigel Daly says. “We hesitate to promote. BAFTA’s commitment is to screen every contender, Brit or non-Brit, with a whole series of screenings. »
- Shalini Dore
This story first appeared in the Nov. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Onscreen, Mark Ruffalo has been playing all manner of heroes: from AIDS activist Larry Kramer's alter ego Ned Weeks in HBO's The Normal Heart to wrestler David Schultz, who tries to protect his brother in Bennett Miller's upcoming Foxcatcher; from the raging Hulk, Bruce Banner's alter ego, in Avengers: Age of Ultron (which he recently completed filming) to a crusading reporter in Spotlight, a drama about The Boston Globe's Catholic Church exposé that he currently is shooting. But it's Ruffalo's offscreen heroics that will be recognized
- Rebecca Ford
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional »
After two-plus glorious minutes of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer, the first clip for the hotly anticipated film debuted last night during an episode of Agents of Shield. Marvel initially planned on premiering the trailer during the broadcast.; however, somebody beat them to the punch leaking it online days prior. Watch the clip below.
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the »
Foxcatcher is still two weeks away from landing in theatres, and so in order to remind you that it’s the best film you’ll ever see, a brand new poster has arrived! It’s hardly new behaviour for a studio to brandish last minute marketing materials with quotations from positive early reviews, but it does detract from the serious visages of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. The three leads stand proud before some eagle-inspired artwork and generally look stoic. But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself below.
The movie has garnered an enormous clutch of solid reviews after hitting up all of this year’s major film festivals. From Moneyball director Bennett Miller, it looks like we’re gonna be in store for a triptych of lifetime-best performances if the buzz is anything to go by. Tatum and Ruffalo star as »
- Gem Seddon
After Kevin Feige unveiled the Marvel Phase Three slate earlier today, the producer and Marvel Studios president held a Q&A session with members of the press, where he touched on rumors of Iron Man 4, Spider-Man joining the McU, and revealed why this event was held today, less than two weeks after DC unveiled their own superhero movie slate. The Marvel president also addressed Doctor Strange/Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumors, when fans will first see Black Panther, and much more.
We've broken down some of the more notable quotes, and you can also check out the full video of the 20-minute Q&A session.
"If there are more years after 2019, then there will be more possibilities. I hope there are more years."
Kevin Feige On the Timing Of This Announcement
"We wanted to do this at Comic-Con this year, and things were not set. »
Sony Classics has released a new poster for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) awards hopeful Foxcatcher, which showcases stars Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), Steve Carell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers)…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
Flattered by the attention »
- Gary Collinson
Based on true events, director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and two champion wrestlers, Mark and Dave Schultz.
Having seen the film at the press screening this week, I can say Carell gives a chilling performance of du Pont and is the highlight of the film. Expect to hear his name, a lot, over upcoming awards season. Bennett Miller won Best Director at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in May and the film has screened at the Telluride, Toronto, New York, and London film festivals.
- Melissa Thompson
Last night, Marvel and Disney served up a new, 2nd action-filled movie trailer (below) for their upcoming "Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron" super hero/action flick after just releasing the first one last week. The new trailer aired right after their "Agents Of Shield" TV show, and it looks amazing, featuring even more action with the Avengers heroes along with a humorous clip to start things off. The clip showed Thor taunting the others about not being worthy to wield his mighty hammer just before Ultron hits the scene. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany. In the new movie, Tony Stark will try to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, and things will go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, »
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